Pike County http://tspr.org en Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park http://tspr.org/post/schock-dedicates-pavillion-western-illinois-hopes-establish-national-park An effort to create a national park at former town site in western Illinois remains stalled in the US Senate.&#160; Congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican, is part of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers seeking the designation for New Philadelphia.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Amanda Vinicky" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201311/SchockACA_111213.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wuis/audio/2014/06/2014-06-03NewPhiladelphiaSchockWRAP.mp3" class="asset-audio">Lee Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:17:07 +0000 Lee Strubinger 54314 at http://tspr.org Schock Dedicates Pavillion In Western Illinois, Hopes To Establish National Park New Philadelphia Closer to National Park Designation http://tspr.org/post/new-philadelphia-closer-national-park-designation <p>The U.S. House passed a measure to explore whether the New Philadelphia town site should become a unit of the National Park System.&nbsp; Mon, 05 May 2014 16:34:49 +0000 Emily Boyer 52663 at http://tspr.org New Philadelphia Closer to National Park Designation State Buys Land in Western Illinois http://tspr.org/post/state-buys-land-western-illinois <p>Illinois is buying 410 acres of land in Pike County and plans to convert it into public hunting grounds.</p><p>Governor Pat Quinn said the acquisition is part of the purchase of four sites across the state.</p><p>“Our state does not have vast areas of wilderness like some states in the west. We have pockets of wilderness, pockets of nature. And we have to really work very hard, together, to preserve and expand those pockets,” said Quinn.</p><p>The four parcels cost the state $2.8 million dollars. The money comes from the "Illinois Jobs Now" capital construction program.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:23:53 +0000 Rich Egger 29196 at http://tspr.org State Buys Land in Western Illinois